Associate Director, Bridging Sectors to Create Health
Leah Ettman, MS, MPH, is the Associate Director of Bridging Sectors to Create Health at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), where she serves as the technical lead for a portfolio of opioid overdose prevention projects. In this role, she develops and executes project work plans and portfolio strategy related to mental health, substance use disorders, and behavioral health. She also supports NNPHI’s participation in and design of national, state and local meetings.
Leah’s decision to work in public health stems from her early experiences studying and working in health care. She has a deep belief that access to the health care system should not be driven by barriers that include, but are not limited to, health insurance status, physical proximity to services, and access to service providers that practice cultural humility. Her commitment to social justice and advancing health equity drive her work.
Before joining NNPHI, Leah worked as a senior associate for Health and Wellness at the National League of Cities, where she provided technical assistance to city leaders working to address the opioid epidemic as well as researched and disseminated city-level strategies for addressing the social determinants of health. She previously was a project coordinator for Nutrition Action Healthletter at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Leah earned her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and MPH in Health Communication from Tufts University and her BS in Health Science from Northeastern University.